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Member Stalking

Discussion in 'Feedback' started by The Count, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Aaargh! There are a couple of numnuts who aren't content with just posting their spam-crud everywhere, but now I have to deal with these idiots doling out likes in rapid succession to olddish posts of mine. This is absurd... And what's worse is even if I were to mark them as "Ignore Members" they'd still click on the "Like" button at the bottom of every single post of mine. And for reasons I won't disclose here, I can't mark them as "Ignore Members". Talked to Phillip about it at the end of last month, but nothing came of it, and now the problem's rearing its ugly head again. This just burns my biscuits to no end!
    :insatiable: Noone like burnt biscuits.

    If this gets moved to the Moderator section or even deleted, then fine, but Phillip, please check your email as I sent you a list of people that have to be permanently banned because I can't do it myself.
    *Thunks head against desk.
    LaniArianna likes this.
  2. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    I've had a few bouts of like-spamming lately. I'll look in, see I have oodles of messages, and then see that someone has apparently gone back and "liked" everything I've posted in the last year. Huh??

    /me puts a pillow on The Count's desk to soften the thunk.
  3. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Wow Well I hope it's not a long list of folks, but then again if they continue to do these thing then maybe they should be gone. I like the like button, but sometime I wonder if people are just hitting it to have there name on my posts.
  4. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    The list of people who need to be banned which I can't do myself at the moment is about eight... But there are two in particular who tag team with each other, who became notorious as spambots when spam-bombing every single thread in the fanfic section earlier this summer.

    And if they're clicking the "Like" button just to see their names on your posts, more reason for why they should be banned and all associated activity simultaneously deleted by the forum administrator. :grr:
  5. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Your not getting burned out are you Ed? I know with this and all the other crazy spam stuff going on, has to be a lot of work. Are you doing ok?
  6. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Yeah, was able to get rid of a mess of spammers a couple of hours ago since my connection came back after spending all night and morning in a state of frustrating slowness.
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  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I get a TON of likes from the same person as well (by "same person", I mean one person who keeps liking my posts, not the exact person that Ed is having problems with, as I don't know who Ed is talking about), and yes, some of these posts are rather old as well. But, truth be told, this person in particular, I actually have no problems with, because she's done nothing that bothers or irritates me.

    Really, there's only three members in particular whom I have issues with, two of which, like Ed mentioned, seem to tag team when it comes to posting pointless crap in various different threads, the third is actually a relatively new member who somehow ended up part of their little entourage, so that amps up the tag teaming whenever one or more of them post something in a thread, then the rest start jumping in and hijacking the thread with their own little side conversations... like I said in the other thread, the hug thread has become a really big victim of this:

    MEMBER #1: Can I have a hug? I feel sorry for myself today.
    MEMBER #2: Sure! Hug! Now, will you hug me too? I feel bad too.
    MEMBER #1: Here's a hug for you, now can I have another hug?
    MEMBER #2: Okay, but will you hug me back?
    MEMBER #1: Yes, and how about another hug for me because I got up this morning?
    MEMBER #2: You got it, but I need a hug too because the wind is blowing.
    MEMBER #3: Hey you guys, don't forget about me, I need a hug too!
    EITHER MEMBER: Hugs for you if you'll hug me too!

    Admittedly, looking at some of the activity on MC as of late, one of these three members seems to have toned down his/her behavior, I don't see very many posts from this person much anymore (though he/she STILL has this rather odd quirk that's shared with a particular Muppet that many aren't too particularly fond of), but the other two haven't seem to have gotten the idea still.
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  8. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Well I have tried to befriend some of the people I think your talking about, and hopefully I can help tone down some of this stuff.
  9. StevieOpossum

    StevieOpossum Well-Known Member

    I seem to be getting all my posts liked as well, and I'm still unsure whether they liked what I said, or are just doing it to see their names on there.

    I'm actually unsure to whether or not I'm one of the spambots that D'Snowth is talking about... :o
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    It could be a little of both: we all were remarking about how using the Like feature should eliminate the one or two word replies like, "Yeah", "Me too", "Same here", etc. But at the same time, again, as I mentioned in the other thread, one said member has actually confessed the reason he/she posts so much, even when his/her posts don't really add to the discussion, is simply because he/she likes seeing his/her name on the forum index, on the grounds that it shows he/she "contributes" to the forum.
    Not at all man, we're cool! :cool:

    Though, I think for the sake of clarity, it should be pointed out that "spambot" is being taken a little out of context lately... I think it's clear the members in question are not automated computers/machines programmed by shifty people in Russia, China, Bangladesh, or any of those countries to register accounts on forums and post phishy links everywhere (though MC HAS had a problem with those lately as well).
  11. StevieOpossum

    StevieOpossum Well-Known Member

    We can't really classify these members as "spammers" or "spambots", because they aren't filling up the site maliciously, nor are they automated computers (like you said). I really don't know what they could be referred to as, maybe something like "hambots", or "hammers".
  12. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Actually, these idiots can and should be classified as "spammers" because their continuous bombardment is just as pernicious as the other variety who post spam download links. The members in question are secondary-grade spammers in that when they registered as new members everything was okay. But then they started posting in an annoying manner with consecutive posts to the tune of filling up an entire page... And then they just so happened to start bumping every single thread in the fanfic section with pointless crud, evolving to the point that they became spammers. And because they've exceeded the month-long "New Member" period, there's no longer a "Spam Cleaner" button attached to their profiles so I can't ban them. :sigh:
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  13. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    I'm really confused as to how liking things constitutes as spam?

    I mean, you can turn notifications of liked posts off. Mine are off.

    I mean, they aren't POSTING going lol or I agree to the old post, just liking it. Why is that wrong? Now you're sending mixed messages that liking things is wrong?

    I am very confused.
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  14. Animal31

    Animal31 Well-Known Member

    I totally agree. It was explained not too long ago that the "like" button was to eliminate one word responses, and now the same button can get you banned? Some of these people live for this forum, and obviously are very interested in what everyone has to say and what they contribute. It's not a perfect world, and what someone may think of as excessive "spam" may be nothing more than someone just trying to be part of something.

    Why chase them away?
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  15. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    It's not that I'm saying liking someone's posts is wrong. It's that getting a bunch of likes from the same person, consecutively, from a person who has been labelled a spammer through their actions is highly annoying. Hope this helps clear up any confusion Sarge.
  16. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I kind of see where the others are coming from though...

    We just spent a great deal of time in the other thread trying to get it through to some of these people that postings meaningly replies like, "Lol", "That's funny", "Yeah", "Me too", "I like that", "Cool", "Awesome", etc. is frowned upon, and that the Like function is basically here for use instead of making such posts... and it seems like culprits have finally grasped the message, but now there's this thread complaining about them liking posts.

    I get what you're saying Ed, even what you said about seeing that really old posts that you probably don't remember being liked, by the same person, over and over again, but like others are pointing out, we're telling them to do one thing, then we they do, we're telling them to stop doing that too.

    I think liked posts are far more tolerable than wading through a sea of yeahs and lols. Besides, likes get you trophies. :p
  17. mspiggy101

    mspiggy101 Member

    Its sad:concern::sympathy::boo::( there are some people doing this is you ask me I think that they shouldn't spam cause children are on here
  18. StevieOpossum

    StevieOpossum Well-Known Member

    The spam doesn't feature inappropriate content, though. The spam is just annoying and pointless posts.
  19. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Years and years ago there was a Monty Puthon skit that took place in a restaurant. A couple was trying to decide what to eat. Periodically a group of Vikings at another table would begin chanting "Spam, spam, spam, spam," over and over, drowning everything else out, until people yelled at them to shut up. This quieted them down, for a few moments at least, but soon they started up again.

    Fast-forward to the days of IRC and BBS chat areas. Sometimes people would set up macros to mimic the Vikings in that skit, thereby filling the screen with "Spam, spam, spam, spam" and making the conversation annoyingly hard to read, especially if it scrolled off the top of the screen.

    This is the origin of the term "Spam" as applied to the Internet. It is irrelevant, annoying noise that drowns out actual signal. It does not have to be inappropriate commercial messages, links to illegal downloads, et cetera. It can be irritating yammer by people who don't know how to keep on topic. It can be hitting "Like" on every post someone made in a thread without reading the posts (and don't tell me anyone can read 20 posts in 3 minutes), thus flooding someone's notifications area, for no other reason than wanting to see their name in a thread.

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  20. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    *Applauds Kim's post. That was perfect. Now would you like some spam spam spam eggs bacon and beans? :p

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